Blackrock may have lost out on gold, but it still came in for high praise from this year’s judges in the national Tidy Towns awards.
The overall impression of the village core wass excellent. Well presented lamp standards, bollards and bins were noted at various locations. The uniformity impressed the judges. In general weed control is very good however a small outbreak was noted at Carrig Ard. Street signage was noted as being in a good state of repair and clean in presentation. A recently broken tree on the green at Gort na Glaise should be removed and replaced. Litter control is well managed however a scattering of litter was noted near Vivo.
The Green Home Programme was noted as going from strength to strength and judges said it was useful to see the statistics to gauge uptake and success rates. They also asked if it were possible to expand this programme beyond the current 90 participants.
The Christmas Food Waste Challenge was cited as a fantastic idea again with tangible results and the Water Wise initiative too has had the desired effect.
The local schools were commended for their role in the competition and their multiple green flags.